Luke Pollard MP

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Over 650 Plymouth children now taught in over-crowded classrooms


New figures revealed today show that there are now 651 children in Plymouth being taught in classes of over 30 children. This is a staggering 600% rise since the General Election. 

Commenting on figures that show that children in classes of 30 or more in Plymouth have increased 600% since the General Election, Luke Pollard, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
"Labour put reducing class sizes at the top of our agenda in government. It is staggering that all that good work has been wasted with over 650 children now being taught in over-crowded classrooms in our city. The Government is failing our young people. The Tories are cutting funding, removing the regulations that prevented over-crowding in our classrooms and allowing unqualified teachers to teach our children.

"We need the Government to provide the funding and regulations that enable them to get on with the job and teach. Parents will want to know their children are being taught by a qualified teacher in reasonable class sizes. What these new figures reveal is that the job of teachers in Plymouth is being made harder and harder as class sizes increase. The Government needs to do more to bring down class sizes so the children can get the attention that they need and deserve."
"Teachers and teaching assistants in Plymouth do an amazing job. We need Michael Gove and David Cameron to get a grip of rising class sizes and do so fast before a whole new generation of Plymouth's children suffer because of over-crowded classrooms that the Government should, and could, prevent."

If your child is being taught in a class of 30 children or more and you want to share your story with Luke please get in touch by ringing 01752 269180 or emailing


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